Children's wellbeing practitioner

Children and young people’s wellbeing practitioners work to increase access to mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people.

Your role will be to provide interventions such as guided self-help and therapeutic activities for children and young people with anxiety, low mood and behavioural difficulties. You will play a pivotal role in signposting people to appropriate mental health services and referring more complex cases for appropriate support.

Wellbeing practitioner and client

Working life

Children and young people’s wellbeing practitioner (CWP) roles have been developed to support the Government's priority of increasing access to and availability of mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people.

Your role will be to make sure children and young people have access to support from community services. You will offer evidence-based interventions for children and young people with mild to moderate mental health difficulties such as guided self-help, psycho-educational advice, and brief behavioural activation (a therapeutic intervention to help treat depression).

You will support effective referrals to other services by supporting care at an appropriate level, and triaging more complex cases under supervision.

Your role will enable colleagues to:

Where will I work?

Once qualified, you will work within a community mental health, CAMHS, primary care, local authority, or voluntary sector organisation. You will be part of a wider team providing support and interventions for children and young people and their families and/or carers.

During your training year, you will gain a range of experience within the service and work closely with a trained supervisor to support you to deliver high quality, evidence-based care and support.

Who will I work with?

You will work closely with children, young people, their parents, carers and families. You will also develop relationships across the children and young people’s mental health care system, building up a valuable and detailed understanding of related services across agencies.

You will therefore fulfil a unique role in being able to facilitate effective triaging and signposting to other areas of the system, including voluntary services and specialist CAMHS as required.

Entry requirements

The programme is open to applicants with a range of experience of working with children and young people. 

You do not need a previous degree qualification to apply for this training programme. However, you will need to demonstrate your ability to study at degree level, and have experience of working with children and young people to support their mental health. 

Entry requirements to the training course include:

Training programmes commence in January 2021, and are currently delivered at:

University of Exeter
University of Reading
University College London
King's College London
University of Northampton
Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
University of Northumbria

Entry requirements are set by each university so it is important to check individual websites carefully. 

Opportunities to apply for children’s wellbeing practitioner roles are led by employing healthcare organisations, and advertised on the NHS jobs website.

Set up an alert for ‘Children’s wellbeing practitioner’ on the NHS Jobs website to find training opportunities near you. 

Skills and personal characteristics needed

Children’s wellbeing practitioners need:

Training and development

CWPs must first apply for and complete a 12-month training programme at postgraduate certificate level.

Your salary will be paid for during your training year at Agenda for Change (AfC) band 4, and tuition costs are also paid to the university. On successful completion of training, CWP posts are typically advertised at AfC band 5.

The 12-month CWP training course is based on a nationally-developed curriculum, split between classroom theory and practice placements, and is open to applicants with a range of experience.

Once qualified, your employer will provide you with ongoing training to keep your skills and knowledge up to date. To support your practice and your wellbeing as a practitioner, you will be provided with ongoing supervision.    

If you progress to a supervisory role, you will be trained in and have ongoing support to manage caseloads.

 

 

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